A nasty oil spill on Thursday morning turned a Baltimore County stream purple and sent authorities scrambling to clean up the mess.
A Baltimore County Fire Department spokesperson tweeted at 9:40 a.m. that a truck had spilled 2,000 gallons of heating oil into the bed of Baisman Run in Cockeysville. Baltimore County hazmat and Maryland Department of the Environment crews responded, putting down floating barriers to contain the purple liquid within roughly an hour.
The incident happened in the stream near Ivy Hill Road and Broadmeade Court, the fire department said. The response was quick enough to keep the oil from spreading south of I-83 and Gilroy Road, an intersection roughly two miles east, a spokesperson tweeted.
By the afternoon, contractors had arrived to help remove the oil from the water.
Update: BCoFD HazMat Cockeysville working with MDE and clean up crews to remove heating oil spill ^JD pic.twitter.com/1IZHx7v370
— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) March 30, 2017
A fact sheet from the Maryland Department of the Environment for residential heating oil spills says the liquid can affect neighboring properties and contaminate drinking water supplies. To fix the problem, the oil can be absorbed or pumped away.
As for the color, it’s very likely just a dye.
Baisman Run is situated mostly in Oregon Ridge Park and connects with Beaverdam Run leading into Hunt Valley. It sits roughly five miles north of Green Spring Station.
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